Saturday, June 14, 2008

First Campout!

Activity description: Thanks to all who attended our first campout at Alder Dunes. We learned first aid, cooked some delicious meals and enjoyed a fun bike ride. Unfortunately, we forgot the camera!

Tenderfoot Rank Requirement #2: Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.

Tenderfoot Rank Requirement #3: On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.

Tenderfoot Rank Requirement #12: a) Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking. b) Show first aid for the following:
  • Simple cuts and scrapes
  • Blisters on the hand and foot
  • Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first-degree)
  • Bites or stings of insects and ticks
  • Venomous snakebite
  • Nosebleed
  • Frostbite and sunburn

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Backpacking 101

Activity description: We started off with a brainstorming session. Each boy compiled a list of items he would like to bring to our upcoming camp out. Then we talked ounces and pounds. We learned that packs should be less than 25% of your body weight. So we hopped on the scales and filled each boys pack with weights equal to his max capacity. We then hit the Munsel Creek Bike Trail for a 20 minute test walk. We spotted two raccoons! We also learned a valuable lesson: be prepared but pack light.

Tenderfoot rank requirement #1: Before going on an overnight camping trip, show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.

Home assignment: With your father, prepare your packs for our overnight camp out this weekend.